Senator Carl Schurz, chairman of the Liberal Republican Convention, had been
deeply dismayed when delegates turned from his candidate, diplomat Charles
Francis Adams, to embrace Horace Greeley. Schurz was not on good personal terms
with Greeley, he opposed the nominee’s support of trade protectionism and
temperance, and he was disheartened that the Liberal Republican movement’s high
moral tone had been undermined by the backroom deal-making that resulted in
Greeley’s nomination. Schurz was further chagrined by the selection of Gratz
Brown, his Missouri political rival, as the vice-presidential nominee.